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Lady Lever Art Gallery, Birkenhead

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The Lady Lever Art Gallery was opened in 1922 by Princess Beatrice who was the youngest daughter of Queen Victoria; the museum was founded and built by the industrialist and philanthropist Lord Leverhulme. The museum is a significant surviving example of late Victorian and Edwardian taste. The Lady Lever Art Gallery is set in the garden village of Port Sunlight. It houses major collections of fine and decorative art, along with many of the world famous Pre-Raphaelite artworks and Chinese ceramics and Wedgwood jasperware. The collections are an expression of Lord Leverhulme’s personal and favorite taste. He also mainly bought pictures which in his opinion would attract the housewives who were his main customers. He began collecting art in the late 19th century to use as advertising for the popular Sunlight Soap brand that helped to create his fortune therefore at this point he was collecting arts for business, but as he grew richer his collections began to expand, his confidence grew as well and had developed a taste for collecting. He mostly collected British art, he was also fascinated by Chinese art i.e.
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  • A fantastic gallery with a wealth of artefacts and history. Free parking and a lovely, relatively cheap cafe. If you want a cheap day out, this is it!!  more »
  • A really special gallery to visit, underused but has some amazing work to see. Special exhibitions are usually excellent and a very good cafe to visit in the building. The building itself is amazing. ...  more »
  • I was so impressed with the stunning selection of eastern and western art and objects on display. The temporary Edo Pop exhibition was fantastic too! The gallery itself is located in a beautiful build...  more »
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  • Fantastic gallery but especially good for young children. Three rooms downstairs with puppets and dressing up costumes, Books and toys. Also a room on the ground floor in amongst the art that has more costumes to try and a great collection if hats!
  • rude staff serving in the café, my sister and I decided to have a little walk around port sunlight last week, I then suggested going into the Lady Lever café for a coffee. The dark haired lady behind the counter was extremely rude and really didn't want to be there, she was condescending and rolled her eyes to the ceiling, tutted and then in an extremely sarcastic manner asked for my money, grabbing it from my hand, I could not believe her attitude and therefore I complained to the manageress an older lady, she told me the girls name was Zoe and i informed her i would write a review on trip advisor , doing this I found many, many complaints about the same girl, I really think you need to look into this as it could be such a beautiful place to go for a coffee or lunch, but unfortunately I or my family will not be going back there.
  • Fantastic, A lovely art gallery with plenty of events in a stunning location. Pictures, sculptures and furniture as well as some of the finest ceramics and porcelain form around the world. Surprisingly quiet even on a weekend and a great little cafe hiding in the basement.
  • a fantastic mix of art collected by Lord Leverhulme at the turn of the 20th century. free entrance and superb staff.
  • An interesting display in a beautiful historic setting. Particularly interesting shop and cafe that are well worth a visit.

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